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. thousands killed and thousands missing in an earthquake and tsunami of epic proportions. when it hit, japan shifted eight feet. 15 minutes later, 30 foot waves smashed into the northeast coastline. this tsunami from hell stretch add cross the pacific, in its wake a nuclear crisis spins out of control. hello, i'm shepherd smith reporting from tokyo, japan. over the past 10 days a nation of 127 million people face what's their prime minister said is the most severe crisis since worpd war ii. japan is no stranger to disaster, man made and natural n 1923, 142,000 people died in the tokyo earthquake. but today, the nuclear melt down is having globe wral repercussions, threatening lives, economy and the environment. and the human spirit to survive endures. a look at first first 10 days of the disaster unfolded on fox news. >> march 11th, 2011, just a normal day in japan. and in the middle of the night in the united states. >> union blos boss played a huge role apparently... >> this is a fox news alert from new york, breaking news out of japan. a massive 7.9 earthquake shaking buildings in tokyo.
. myers. i promise you. stay with cnn for the latest on what's happening tonight in japan. coming up tonight at 10:00 eastern, i'll be watching, hope you will as well. anderson cooper hosting a special edition of "a c360" live from japan. now to my colleague wolf blitzer in paris traveling with secretary of state hillary clinton leading up to "the situation room." wolf? >>> prook, thanks very much. happening now, we're following breaking news. a new reactor breakdown adds to fears of a nuclear disaster in japan. u.n. experts insist there's no sign of a meltdown right now, but over the past few hours we've seen another explosion, a radiation spike and almost constant danger. it's 6:00 a.m. tuesday morning in japan, and rescuers are racing against time. we're with the crews searching for survivors and bodies. over three days after that monster quake and tsunami, and the other major story we're following right now. libyan rebels, they are retreating. they are being defeated in some key towns. we're keeping the spotlight on moammar gadhafi's brutal fight to hold on to power. i'm in pair
catastrophe in japan. i'm wolf blitzer. john vos is joining us over in the cnn center in atlanta. a lot of news to cover. let me give our viewers the highlights of what's going on right now. it's now just after 7:00 a.m. saturday in japan. survivors of the strongest earthquake recorded in that country's history are seeing the enormous destruction in the harsh light of day, and they are still being shaken to the core. two powerful new tremors measuring higher than a magnitude of 6 struck within the last hour alone, after the 8.9 monster quake hit japan friday afternoon unleashing a huge tsunami. japanese media reporting that the death toll could be higher than 1,000. hundreds of people may be missing. some may be trapped alive or buried in homes that were simply washed away. the tsunami sent water rushing sever six miles inland. one area of deep concern right now. japanese authorities are trying to cool down the temperature inside a nuclear power plant rattled by the quake. president obama says the united states is helping to monitor the plant for possible radiation leaks. he also sent h
, this is the toughest and the most difficult crisis for japan. >>> japanese leaders try to move their people forward from one of the country's darkest hours, but there is still a very long way to go. tv is pointing another 6.0 magnitude. it's 5:00 p.m. right now. from cnn hong kong i'm andrew stevens. >> we welcome you to cnn special coverage in japan. >>> now, as the days pass in japan, the death toll continues to climb. friday's earthquake and tsunami have claimed 1,600 lives so far, 1,500 are still missing. those figures are expected to drive dramatically. pictures like this. the devastation of sendai serves as a reminder of the sheer force of the tsunami that inundated them. the situation is bleak for those who have survived as well as survivors are staying in makeshift shelters like this one at a school recovering from the trauma of the past four days and now waiting for news of loved ones. and on top of all that, this japan is racing against the clock to contain what could become a nuclear crisis. images like this have become all too familiar, the white smoke billowing over northeast japan aft
. third explosion at nuclear reactor number 2 happening a short while ago. causing japan to have new grave fears of a radiation leak. this nightmare just got worse. shepard smith is live in japan. latest from him in minutes. right now, more than 2,000 confirmed dead. waves of bodies washing ashore. that is only the beginning. the number of dead is expected to hit 10,000 or more. millions tonight have no food, no water and no heat in near freezing temperatures. they are homeless and cramming into shelters. this hell on earth started with the quake, then the monster tsunami wiping out villages. the only thing left to one village is their website. everything else, including its people, washed away. new haunting video from the airport. >> greta: you can hear the panic as the walls of water rolling taking everything in its wake, structures, cars even the people. at this hour, it is 11 a.m. in japan tomorrow morning where the japanese are raising the clock to prevent a nuclear meltdown. shepard smith joins us live from tokyo. >> shepard: good morning from tokyo. we are waiting to hear from the p
.com. tomorrow night, friday night, we'll be here. >>> we're back with live breaking news. japan says it will accept technical help from the u.s. to fight the nuclear crisis. right now, it's a race to keep the reactors cool while getting the power back on. it could be the lifeline japan needs. >> we're bringing all available resources there to appropriately monitor the situation and protect american citizens. >> fear is growing in california and hawaii, and finally, the president speaks. >> i want to be very clear, we do not expect harmful levels of radiation to reach the united states. >> you're going to hear the president calm fears. >> let me rebeat that, we do not expect harmful levels of radiation to reach the west coast. >> no radiation, anyway, on incoming cargo or passengers. >> they have partially reinstated power to the plant. >> president obama echoes the message of calm for the people of japan, but did he wait too long? >> he's under fire for sticking to his schedule. is he showing admirable discipline, or is it looking like a failure of leadership? >> i was impressed with
has been evacuated. japan says the amount of radiation leaked is small. the u.s. navy is repositions away from the plant after low levels of radiation found on crew members who took place in a relief mission. correspondents are in place all over the nation. you will hear from them throughout the day. >>> a new explosion at an already damaged nuclear plant has japan and the world on edge. this is from the fukushima daiichi plant. we understand the fuel rods were exposed at reactor number two. that is dangerous. it could mean big problems down the road. according to the "new york times" the "uss ronald reagan" sailed into a radioactive cloud and crew members were exposed to low level radiation and had to be treated. now the "uss ronald reagan" is moving out to sea. here is stan grant and what he had to say about the threat of a nuclear crisis. >> we have been focusing on the one and three reactor at the daiichi plant. the number two cooler was knocked out. that is dangerous territory if the water level drops too quickly. as they did with one and three, they pumped sea water into reacto
in japan's history an emperor gone on television to address a national crisis. the emperor akihito told the japanese people not to lose hope three reactors damaged at the plants. this is a view up above. that is reactor three on the left-hand side of your screen and reactor four in the middle. if you can determine that. radiation levels surged after that white cloud of smoke was seen coming from reactor three. the fear there is a crack in the steel and concrete shell that insulates radioactive material as cnn stan grant tells us, even nuclear experts are stumped by this white cloud. >> they are looking into exactly what has caused that and they are still working on whether this consumption vessel that surrounds the core of the nuclear reactor holding in the more nasty radioactive substances has, in fact, than breached. this is an ongoing concern. they have assumptions about what is happening but they can't get in and have a look at it. remember, as well, the work is from the plant today workers from the plant today were forced to evacuate themselves and after a fire in the reactor numbe
urbiam >>> it's 4:00 p.m. in japan on a day where many japanese try to get back to work following friday's historic earthquake and tsunami. but at this point, there is no escape from the heartbreak and the troubles afflicting a nation so overwhelmed by catastrophe. hello, i'm andrew stevens from cnn's studios in hong kong welcoming this hour, our viewers in the u.s. as around the world. well, there are also reports of more trouble at the nuclear plant in fukushima. japanese media are reporting the cooling system has stopped at one of the reactors there. let's get straight to stan grant. he is following that story from our tokyo bureau, and he joins us live now. stan? >> reporter: yeah, this continues to grow, doesn't it, andrew? this entire nuclear emergency. it seems to be one development after another. and none of them particularly good. we're hearing now about the number 2 reactor at the daiichi nuclear plant. this makes three of the reactors there, 1, 2, and 3 that are experiencing these cooling problems. now this information is being reported in japanese media and they're clo
but be concerned about what's really going on. >> yeah, absolutely. emily peck on the line in japan in the town of koriyamma. she grabbed her passport and started running. at least she's now safe. >>> two extraordinary scenes. those cracks in the grounds we saw in some of the images and the ground apparently will not stop shaking in much of japan. strong aftershocks making rescue that much harder. >>> concerns about nuclear reactors in the quake zone. people nearby are being told to get even further away from them. >>> and the world responds. aid, supplies, food and equipment all beginning to arrive. i'm fredericka whitfield. >> i'm john borse from cnn international and you're watching breaking news. the disaster in japan. let's get you updated. >> it is right now the middle of the night in japan where half the people in one northern town are still unaccounted for. that's about 9500 people. the town is right on the coast very close to the earthquake's center and where the tsunami crashed ashore yesterday. a major concern right now, 10 nuclear reactors near the quake site are shut down. a huge e
but they say there's no sign of dangerous radiation levels in the area. >>> and japan has started rolling blackos and turned off the lights at major landmarks to conserve electricity. the nation is struggling to repair power plants that friday's earthquake and tsunami damaged. 1.3 million japanese are still without power today. >>> a u.s. navy carrier group is running emergency supplies into japanese coastal towns. the "uss ronald reagan" was already in the area when the earthquake struck. japan's prime minister said today, this is japan's worst crisis since world war ii. and he made a call for a national unity. >> translator: please, i ask each one of you, please have such determination. and to deepen your bond with your family members, neighbors, and people in your community to overcome this crisis. so that japan can be a better place. we can build together. this is the message i'd like to emphasize to the japanese people. >> in other top stories, security forces in yemen fired guns and tear gas at protesters outside sanaa university today. at least 110 people reportedly were hu
radioactive rods after a series of explosions. there is confusion and fear in japan tonight. >>> america joins the rescue. we're headed out to the "uss ronald reagan," now running search and rescue flights off the japanese coast, despite the risk of drifting radiation. we're getting an exclusive look into the it effort. >>> and domestic concerns. retailers set out of iodide tab lets as americans stock up, fearful of what's happening in japan could happen here. with u.s. nuclear reactors built atop fault lines, how big is the risk? >> announcer: from the global resources of abc news, with terry moran and cynthia mcfadden in new york city and bill weir in japan, this is "nightline," march 15th, 2011. >> and good evening from the atsugi naval air station. it is wednesday afternoon here in japan. we're waiting to board that flight to the "uss ronald reagan," the massive u.s. aircraft carrier off the coast of tsunami-ravaged japan. more on that in a moment. first, the most pressing news, the fear of nuclear fallout from that ravaged fukushima daiichi power plant, where last night another explosion
>>> welcome back, everyone, to our special coverage of the disaster in japan. i'm michael holmes. >> we want to welcome our viewers in north america as well. it is 1:00 p.m. in japan. and there seems to be no letup in the fear that's gripping the disaster stricken nation. tokyo is now requesting help from the u.s. military in this emergency. we want to bring you all we know so far. japanese officials say part of a nuclear reactor containment vessel at the fukushima daiichi power plant may be damaged. they say a breach in the containment vessel in reactor number three may be what's caused a white cloud of smoke or steam to rise above the power plant. they can't confirm either way on that. now, already, there have been several explosions and fires at the plant since friday's massive earthquake and tsunami. workers have been trying to stop a nuclear meltdown by cooling those damaged reactors from which radiation has escaped. however, officials say workers have now suspended their operations, and have been evacuated. authorities also say radiation readings at fukushima daiichi have b
. >> since filing that report, brian is now on the way to japan with the fairfax search and rescue team. he'll be reporting later from japan for all of us. we want to welcome our viewers here in the united states and around the world. this is a special edition of "the situation room." happening now, conflicting reports about a dangerous emergency at one of japan's earthquake-damaged nuclear power plants. an official with japan's nuclear and industrial safety agency tells cnn a meltdown may, repeat, may be under way. but japan's ambassador to the united states tells me that's not true. he says there is no meltdown. on top of that, we're seeing reports of a second reactor at the same facility, report that is it failed just hours ago. but the story and the scope of the disaster is much bigger. the official death toll from friday's catastrophic earthquake and tsunami is now at 686, but the toll will be much, much higher. in just one town, nearly 10,000 people are now formally officially listed as missing. so far, at least 3,000 people have been rescued. you're watching cnn's continuing coverage
a damaged nuclear facility has escalated japan's nuclear crisis. 14,000 people have been ordered to stay indoors. japan's prime minister says radiation has spread from the country's four damaged nuclear reactors along the country's northeastern coast. american military officials confirm that more u.s. service members were exposed to radiation today and treated with iodine. but because of the wind direction, several navy ships moved closer to the coast after initial pullback of radiation concerns two major aftershocks rattled japan today, causing buildings to sway in tokyo. food, water and heat shortages continue. correspondent adam housley has the latest. >> they is survived the fifth largest earthquake in history and tsunami that devoured everything in its path. now hundreds of thousands of survivors face nuclear exposure and health dangers that may not show for years. >> 11,000 micro-sievert is equivalent of the exposure you get a year if you live a normal life. if you stay in the place for one hour you may be exposed to 11,000. we have to watch this. >> radiation is leaking from two n
>>> on our broadcast tonight, the big one hits japan. a massive history-making earthquake, one of the largest ever measured, and it triggers a massive tsunami all the way to the u.s. tonight we're watching the rising death toll. a nuclear plant in trouble. the aftershocks continue. the world is watching japan and our coverage begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >> a special good evening to our viewers in the west tonight. as you know by now, the nation of japan has suffered a colossal historic earthquake that has caused massive damage, massive loss of life and sent ocean waters racing over land. the big quake was a magnitude 8.9, it struck at 2:46 p.m., centered 78 miles offshore. while tokyo swayed and shook and bounced for minutes on end, sending millions to shelter, sendai was the closest population center. it has been devastated. the loss of life officially so far in the hundreds will almost certainly be thousands, as thousands are missing. the quake then triggered a tsunami, water upwards of 30 feet high that swamped the japanese shoreline, moving fas
of one of japan's coastal nuclear power plants. as we look at some of the new images coming into us, japan's national police estimate at least 184 people are dead, 530 are miss, but we are certain as we watch these new images come in that that number will climb as the waters recede. some government officials, in fact, quoted in japanese media outlets predicting the death toll at a minimum will pass the 1,000 mark. there's been a little over 18 hours now. let's take a closer look. it's a magnitude 8.9 quake recorded right here off japan's eastern coast. you see the town of sendai. that was closest. tokyo down here. the hashedest hit, this flashing ring here, but vibrations all the way down throughout japan's coastal areas right here. the images are stunning. first the vibrations and the strong earthquake, the strongest on record in japan. then not long after all that shaking, the breathtaking power of the waters unleashed by a 30 foot tsunami. cars and boats, even homes tossed about like toys. look again at these images here. it is just striking the awesome, sobering power of the wat
, almost instantly let's show what popped up on the internet in japan. instantly we tried to get the image up here, we're having a hard time getting it. web sites saying give us information on people who are miss, we will give you information on people we have found. technology helping find the missing in japan. we wish them the best. cnn's continuing coverage continues this disaster right now. thanks for joining us. >>> good evening, i'm eliot spitzer. all day we've been bombarded by the dramatic picture of the earthquake in judiciary committee. i want to start with video that just came in. it is much quieter than what we've seen before, but i found even more frightening. from nhk, the japanese television network. shows an aerial tour of a town in northern japan. watch and listen. >> translator: this is minamisoma city. almost everything has been washed away. there are no houses to be seen. >> translator: aren't there any people around? do you see any people? >> translator: from overhead we're looking very hard, but we have seen no one. we cannot see any people. it is hard to tell where t
. disaster in japan. this is a special edition of "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. reporting tonight from tokyo. >> good evening. right about now people here in japan are starting to ask themselves how much worse can things get? struck yesterday by one of the largest earths ever on record. and now this. forced to flee fr aa path of a radioactive leak. in the disaster zone itself, along the east coast, rescue efforts have been complicated by damage to a nuclear power plant. and there is late word of an emergency involving a second reactor in that complex. hundreds of bodies have been spotted along the coast. it is estimated the death toll here could reach 1,000. local news agencies report in one community alone, 9,500 people are unaccounted for. we have a lot to tell you here tonight. we want to start with nbc's lee cowan who has the latest. >> reporter: the first lifelines are being lowered into a sea of. the rescue efforts are cut by the sheer scale of the disaster. nowhere near the hands to offer. grim equation that is forcing those lucky enough to survive, into a terrible limbo. hundre
stock market meltdown, stocks hit hard after a top european energy official all but said japan hang it up. the european union's commissioner for energy today warning that the nuclear power plant in japan is and i quote, "effectively out-of-control," and the situation could deteriorate. traders here did not like it one bit like they did not like later news that wholesale prices here were way up and home construction here was way down. for investors, way, way, way too much. the dow jones industrial average dived 242 points and it continues. and now, gary says they have reason to be nervous. gary, what is going on here? >>guest: you said it, it is all the above. but you know my complaints, the high of the wholesale prices in three or four decades but the fed, the people that are supposed to be on the look out to watch these things and to do something about it, say there is not any inflation and a big motto is, if they don't start doing something about it the market will and that is what the market is doing right now. of course you had one heck of a catalyst with japan, housing which ha
meltdown may be under way in japan right now. only hours after an explosion at that plant. a safety official tells cnn that a catastrophic failure of one reactor could be happening even as we speak with the potential for widespread radiation release. >>> also this hour, the wreckage and the search for survivors less than two full days after the monster quake. japanese media now say more than 1800 people may be dead, double the official death toll right now. and we're also told that 9500 people in a single town in japan right now they are listed as misting. >>> and the aftershocks keep coming roughly every three hours. many people in japan are said to be walking around scared, scarred and dazed. some are even wearing helmets. 6 million households don't have any power. and there are growing fears of food and gas shortages. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> we want to immediately get reaction, though, to the breaking news that we're following right now. the japanese ambassador to the united st
at a nuclear plant in the earthquake-devastated region of japan. the japanese government is confirming a radiation leak has happened. and they are fighting against a nuclear meltdown. we have a live report for you from tokyo ahead. >> the massive earthquake triggering a ripple effect across the pacific hitting hawaii and governor brown if california call for a state of emergency along the northern coast including in santa cruz. >> in japan, the third largest producer of nuclear power and how trouble at the nuclear reactor could devastate global markets. friend friend hour two begins right now. >> good morning, everyone, thank you for joining us. and now you need to say glued to the show for three hours because there is so much breaking news including what is going on in japan. they are racing to prevent a meltdown after an explosion at the largest nuclear plant. the nation is getting a look at the destruction. you can see the images. >> these are new images as crews are getting out to assess the damage. adam housley is on the ground in tokyo assessing what is going on. tokyo is the sta
in the united states and around the world to our special coverage of the disaster in japan. it is midafternoon there right now and we want to bring you up to date on information that we have from a nation overwhelmed by two disasters as well as concern and anxiety over an emergency at a nuclear plant. six people have been injured in a new explosion in northeastern japan. it was a hydrogen blast occurring at the building that houses the number three reactor within the country's daveny nuclear plant. now, officials say the number three reactor was not damaged in today's explosion. also a horrific discovery. they found 2,000 bodies at northern japan's miyagi prefecture which was the hardest hit during friday's massive earthquake and tsunami. those bodies tragically add to the official death toll of more than 1600 and all-out search for survivors is still under way. well, cnn's stan grant is in tokyo following the latest developments at the two nuclear power plants that were damaged by the earthquake and tsunami and he joins us now. of course, we mention those two emergencies, want to go first to
>>> first came the violent earthquake, then a devastating tsunami. now japan is battling to prevent another explosion at a nuclear power plant. hello to all of our viewers all over the world. i'm max foster in london. we begin, though, with japan's growing nuclear nightmare, a top government official says there's the possibility of a meltdown two of the country's nuclear reactors. you're watching the smoke rising from saturday's explosion at the number one reactor at the fukushima daiichi plant in the crisis in northeastern japan may get worse, we understand. the crisis in northeastern japan may get worse, we understand. japan's chief cabinet secretary says the number three reactor is also vulnerable but yukio edano can't confirm that it's a meltdown. >> there are different things that go along with having a business, right? and what i have created doesn't require any of that stuff. it's actually -- you don't have to sell anybody anything. you don't have to do customer support. it's an automated way to make money on the internet. in fact i have a video that i'd like to show right no
at high point road. now back to you. >>> japan is reaching to the united states asking for help to avert a nuclear crisis. linda so is here to join us about the startling admission japanese officials are making this morning. >> reporter: well, japanese engineers say they might have to bury the nuclear plant in sand and crone crete. it may be -- concrete. it mate be the -- it may be the only way to avoid a catastrophic release of radiation. the rate something on par with what happened in 1979. emergency workers in japan have gotten desperate using water cannons and helicopters to cool the troubled reactors. one expert says it's like using a squirt gun to put out a forest fire. but there is good news this morning. operators at the nuclear plant connected a power line to the complex. they are hoping that line will restart the water pumps needed to cool down the reactors. if that doesn't work, the u.s. is flying in five high pressure water pumps. here at home, the u.s. put up radiation detectors along the west coast just in case. >> there's a lot of space between here and japan, so we don't
could lead to the comeback of the u.s. labor movement. we start with the earthquake in japan. an nbc news producer based in tokyo. i've been watching your coverage. i've been watching what you had to say about this and all i can tell you, i do see a lot of disaster movies. this looked real and very scary. what was it like? >> reporter: this happened 180 miles authority of tokyo. we felt it all the way down here in tokyo. it was so bad that i couldn't stand. you had to sort of crowd a little bit to not fall down. >> i just saw a picture. a picture looking through the windshield of a car, apparently on the streets up there. you know, i remember being through a very mild earthquake in northern california and if you're in a car you don't even feel it. i'm watching that car rocking and rolling, even in a car with shocks and tires you can see the action. you were watching -- tell me what you were doing, what you're going to remember when you tell your grandkids about today and yesterday. >> well, you know, obviously the pictures that have come through the aerial pictures of the tsunami i t
team in tripoli. but we begin with the terrible devastation in northeastern japan. the destruction there simply epic. the death toll mounting. exact numbers unknown. now a nuclear emergency. several badly damaged power station reactors with serious cooling problems. pressure building. reports now of radiation venting at two of them. we'll talk to a woman whose husband was in one of the plants, he escaped. all of it and everything else. the result of the fifth largest quake in recorded history. just look at that wave. followed by the wave, a fast-moving tsunami wave that turned everything into its past, even miles inland, into rubble. watch as it hits those buildings head on. this is what it looked like as it made landfall. you can see it's not just seawater we're talking about. there is deadly debris, cars, trucks, small houses being swept along, smashing and battering everything in their path. the tsunami reaching all the way to the american west coast where several people were swept out to sea. magnitude 8.9. look at those cars being swept away. according to the u.s. geological s
noticeable, has yet to be seen. >> japan's east coast, hit with a 23-foot tsunami, shortly after the quake struck. police along the country's northeast coast, report finding the bodies of two to three hundred people, japan railways working to find a missing passenger train. while the government reports the giant wave swept away a ship, carrying about 100 people. >> unfortunately we expect to get more reports like those, 8.9 magnitude quake is japan's worst on record as we say, one of the worst in world history. and rocked cities hundreds of miles from epicenter an spawned dozens and dozens, as we hear it of aftershocks. >> look at one of japan's three nuke we're power plants, that are having some problems right now, the worst in the city of onahana where police ordered evacuations where a fire disabled a cooling system there. no reports of radiation leaking, secretary of state hillary clinton says the u.s. is sending coolant. >> there are fires as well, though, burning across the region with several major explosions, and japanese oil an chemical plants, you are looking at one over the oil
area. good night. >>> tonight on "world news" from japan, the disaster in the pacific, and the fears of the meltdown. is japan on the verge of a nuclear catastrophe even as they reel from a tsunami and earthquake. >> swept away. our team on the ground closest to the epicenter. fires raging. entire villages under the water. thousands unaccounted for. the desperate search and rescue milgz tonight. >>> how vulnerable is our own coastline in america? also, the ring of fire. should this be a wake-up call? >>> and the the calls from the disaster zone. americans who survived the earthquake here, trying to assure their loved ones at home. >>> and good evening from japan tonight where there are two crises unfolding here. first, the recovery efforts continue after the tsunami. the cars were swept down the street in that tsunami. and of course, take a look at this image tonight. one town before the earthquake and tsunami. and this image of it afterward. while all of this unfoldled today, another major headline. a nuclear power plant, an explosion. the wall around one of the reactors exploding.
with us. more politics ahead with ce cenk uyger. >>> good evening. in a moment we'll go live to japan to cover the historic disaster there. but also on tonight's show, president obama hits back hard at republicans who are trying to blame him for rising gas prices. who's right and who's wrong? we actually have the proof. and we'll expose the republicans' war on education around the country with former pennsylvania governor ed rendell. but we begin with a powerful earthquake that struck northeastern japan. we're just getting the first live pictures of damage in the daylight in japan. you're seeing it right there. request y-- you see people hanging out on the roof there. lower ground is dangerous, higher ground is safer. you see whole sections of town cities, buildings, et cetera, devastated. and the earthquake was an 8.9 magnitude quake and it struck near the coastal city of sendai overnight. it's the largest ever recorded in japan. sky scrapers started shaking and people went running for their lyes. witnesses say the reverberations were so powerful and prolonged they got motion sicknes
hour. nuclear fuel rods in a reactor like the ones in trouble in japan are about 12 feet long, about 12 feet long. this is 12 feet long, and they are skinny. calling them rods isn't exactly right because they're not solid, they are hollow. this is made of cardboard so i can hold it. can you see it is hollow? it is essentially a big straw. that's what they call these fuel rods. these straus themselves, the real ones, are made of metal, a metal called zir cone yum. inside that is uranium. the working part of the reactor, the part that makes it nuclear. when the reactor is working, uranium pellets in the fuel rods are creating fission. they are creating a nuclear reactor to generate heat. the whole point of nuclear power is that you create an environment in which fission happens. a nuclear chain reaction happens, but it is controlled, so it does not produce an explosion. it just generates heat in a controlled way instead. use that heat to essentially boil water. actually, you literally use it to boil water. boiling water makes steam, steam spins a turbine, and that makes electric
. captioned by closed captioning services, inc. >> >> sean: tragedy and devastation in japan. the nation was able to begin assessing the damage caused by an 8.9 offshore earthquake one of the biggest to hit the country. the quake triggered a massive tsunami with waves measuring up to 23 feet, ships, homes and cars were swept away. 50 plus aftershocks were reported. rescue workers searched for hundreds. according to media outlets more than 240 are dead the death toll is expected to exceed 1,000. some fear it could be higher. japanese officials have more than rescue and recovery on their hands. japan was forced to clear a nuclear emergency for five reactors after the quake blew out the cooling systems at two nuclear power plants. radiation levels have reportedly surged and the pressure inside the reactors rising to 1,000 times their normal levels. officials have ordered a wide area of evacuation. the affects are being felt here in the united states as tsunami warnings spread across the pacific. high waves hit hawaii, evacuations were ordered for cities up and down the west coast. joining u
of the globe and japan and the u.s. it would follow a little possible parcel of radiation all the way across the country and pacific. it would take many days. a lot of the radiation would be gone. there's just no threat. >> we will see. you'll keep watching, it as will i, but thanks so much for watching it here. want to turn things over to jessica yellin in "the situation room." jess, to you. >> happening now, breaking news. three nuclear reactors damaged to the core. the crisis in japan is said to be deteriorating right now. u.s. officials are suggesting the situation is more dire than many thought. with america's top nuclear watchdogs saying radiation levels are extremely high. freezing cold and snow adding to the hardship for quake and tsunami survivors there and hampering the rescue and recovery. more people now seem eager to get out of japan all together. >>> and wolf blitzer's one-on-one interview with secretary of state hillary clinton in egypt. she's talking about the disaster in japan, as well as the uprisings in libya and across the region. welcome to our viewers in the united stat
, survived two days in a -- on a rooftop before they were rescued. a little bit of good news out of japan. and folks who got -- we have a lot of information how to help the victims of the earthquake and tsunami in japan, for details on that, it is worth your time, thanks for watching. shepard is in tokyo and he starts now. >> shepard: 4:00 a.m. wednesday morning in tokyo, 3:00 tuesday afternoon, in new york. i'm shepard smith reporting from japan's capital. the troubled fukushima nuclear plant to the north said to be releasing dangerous radioactive material into the atmosphere, at one point it was drifting toward our location in tokyo until the winds changed and pushed it out over the pacific ocean. officials here ordering tens of thousands of people, near the plant to seal themselves indoors in their homes or businesses or whatever, the earthquake knocked out the system that feeps the fuel rods cool and helicopters may begin dumping sea water on the troubled reactors to keep them from overheating and the local power company says it is their own option and the water will evapo
will keep you posted as we learn more details in this continuing, developing story. >>> on the verge. japan's nuclear crisis creeps toward catastrophe as a third reactor is rocked by an explosion and a fourth catches fire. >>> nikkei nose-dive. japanese stocks go into a freefall with investors panicked by radiation fears. >>> and sticker shock. russia jacks up the price of flying american astronauts into space. good morning, everyone, i'm lynn berry. those stories and more are straight ahead. this is "first look" on msnbc. >>> we begin this morning with a nuclear nightmare. radiation levels spiked in japan this year in the wake of a series of explosions at the fukushima nuclear power plant just days after suffering its most crippling catastrophe ever. japan is now facing the world's worst nuclear disaster since chernobyl. for the latest we turn to kristen dahlgren in tokyo. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, lynn. the latest radiation levels appear to have leveled off some, but a spike earlier had us talking about levels that could affect human health, so there is great concern here i
welcome viewers to our continuing coverage of the aftermath of the earthquake in japan. it has been 48 hours of hell for japan, the country is reeling from the double blow of the huge earthquake and tsunami that followed. one of the biggest concerns right now is the threat of nuclear complications. more on that in a moment. first, japan's emergency headquarters says the death toll has just passed 800. that is a number certain to rise. at least 678 are confirmed missing. more than 1400 listed as injured. those numbers only hint at the devastation. one japanese news agency reports 10,000 people missing from one town alone. local media is already reporting word from the prime minister that more than 3,000 people have been rescued. our paula hancocks to arrive in minamisanriku. she reports half of the town's 18,000 residents are simply missing. it's a town that had 18,000 citizens. that would mean 9,500 people still missing. let me get out of the shot so you can have a look at just how badly this area is damaged. where we're standing here is on the edge of town. you can see a couple of hou
and thousands more may still be buried and japan's economy is reeling. overnight the nikkei index has lost 10% of its value. since this time yesterday. explosions, fires, a possible meltdown in several of the reactors. even nuclear experts say this crisis is rapidly descending into unchartered territory. we are joined by stan grant in tokyo. what is going on now, stan? what exactly is the japanese government saying? >> reporter: carol, this takes twists and turns almost by the hour, let alone by the day. let me focus in on two things that occurred today. an explosion in the number two reactor. there are concerns this may have caused some damage to the containment vessel and that is important in the case of a full meltdown because that is the last line of defense in keeping in the nastier radiation inside the plant and not seeping into the atmosphere. a fire then in reactor number four. what appears to have happened in this disabled reactor so much heat generated that a pool of water in which there was spent fuel rods evaporated. the fuel rods according to an trs company here may have ignited
: that may be true too. thank you guys. our thoughts and prayers are with the people of japan. >> this is a fox news alerted. >> japanese officials are now very concerned at this hour about two of the country's nuclear power plants this. after friday's massive 8.9 earthquake. an official with the nuclear safety commission is now saying that a meltdown at a nuclear power plant affected by the earthquake is possible. he says that they're actually right now checking to see whether the meltdown has taken place at one of the fukushima power plants, which had lost cooling ability after the earthquake n. all, five reactors have suffered cooling problems, basically the result of no water. the water that usually cools the nuclear material has evaporated and they are not able to get new water to it. so that's why there is this problem. authorities have detected 8 times the normal radiation levels outside one of the facilities, and nearly 14,000 people living near the plants have been evacuated. >> and just hours ago, japan was hit by a 6.8 quake, followed by several trem blores. that's
>>> from abc news, this is "world news" with david muir, reporting tonight from japan. >> and good evening from japan tonight where there are two crises unfolding here. first, the recovery efforts continue after the earthquake and tsunami. the cars were swept down the street in that tsunami. and of course, take a look at this image tonight. one town before the earthquake and tsunami, and this image of it afterward. well, all of this unfolded today, another major headline. a nuclear power plant, there was an explosion. the wall around one of the reactors crumbling. the prime minister in japan going on television, trying to urge the people of japan to remain coin calm, but there was of disseminating iodine tablets to children. we begin with new pictures of the tsunami not yet seen. tonight, a first look inside the airport terminal in sundi just as it rolls written. terrified passengers. and these new images of the snotty htsunami hitting the tow as villagers watched as their entire town was swallowed by the tsunami. today, dramatic rescues. people in safety after being rescued by hel
, because obviously, we are concerned about what is happening in japan. >> thank you, i'm with a japanese newspaper. i have two questions on the tragedy in japan. so you already touched on the issue in your opening statement, but i would like to ask about your personal feeling on the situation. you went to japan last year, and you went there, and now the tsunami off of the coast of japan and the waves washed away cars and houses and japanese people are devastated. i want to ask about your personal thoughts and feelings on that. secondly, you also touched on possible assistance from the united states to japan, and japanese government publicly said that japan asked for help from u.s. forces in japan. are you waiting to provide those assistance? >> the answer to the second question is yes. i told prime minister kan that we will provide whatever assistance they need. my understanding is that the main assistance that we will provide them is lift capacity. the ability for us to help in the cleanup. obviously, when you have a tsunami like this, as well as an earthquake, you have huge disruptions
-ft. worth airports, radiation levels, thankfully low, have been picked up on passengers returning from japan. but the battle and the focus remain on the fukushima station and its crippled reactors. reactor number three, the scene of aerial water bombardment today, brave crew members dropped sea water in a desperate attempt to cool what is being describes as the single greatest threat. the fukushima six reactors, reactor three is the only one housing a mixed fuel known as mox, short for mixed oxide, a material made of reclaimed plutonium, the release of which would pose far more devastating effects than weave seen thus far. reactor four and its lack of water set off the biggest rift between nuclear authorities in the united states and japan. the u.s. believes the situation there is far worse than the japanese counterparts concede. the rift has led to a mini exodus of americans and others within japan. let's go now to nbc's chief environmental affairs correspondent, anne thompson. authorities in japan have just announced they may be close to restoring power to a stricken reactor, that's reacto
the coverage of what's happening in japan is wolf blitzer live from cairo. wolf? >>> happening now, breaking news. we're following radiation testing and fears to a new level in japan after fears of a fire and explosion at a nuclear power plant. a french official says this is getting almost as bad asscher noble, the worst nuclear plant accident ever. every day the enormity of the quake and the tsunami destruction becomes more painfully clear. it now seems likely to be the most expensive disaster in history, even worse than katrina. so how will japan handle this enormous challenge? and more than 10,000 people are dead or missing. stand by for the dramatic new video coming in and the personal stories of reunions and rescue, survival and loss. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> lots happening here. we're in egypt today, also in japan. we're following all the breaking news. cnn's isha sze say is joining us from cnn international. i've got to tell you, so much news. i've been a reporter for a long time, bu
an earthquake and tsunami slammed japan and we're still getting new video from the day of the disaster. a man if you check this out was driving along the coastal highway last friday when the tsunami jumped the sea wall, swamped his car. his car floated in to a parking lot, but he managed z to get to safety. >>> japan's nuclear agency today raised the fukushima disaster to crisis level five on a one to seven scale. this puts it on par with the three mile island nuclear accident back in 1979. but it is still below the chernobyl disaster which topped the scale at level seven. >>> crews are using helicopters, fire trucks to pour tons of water on the nuclear plant for a second day now. while they try to cool the plant, electricians are trying to hook up a new mile long power line to bring the cooling systems for two reek reactors back on line. >>> people who fled the coast are beginning to trickle back. you can imagine when they see what is left of their homes. >> translator: i have no words to express my feelings. i lost my mind. we will have to start from zero. >> here is a look at what's ahead
is happening to nuclear power plants in japan and in order to avoid the electricity blackouts we have been conducting or giving out messages to reduce electricity use. >> okay. and in terms of the rescue effort, you've obviously got an incredibly big operation under way. what sort of support are you calling in from foreign countries because you are getting an idea of exactly what it is you need? >> of course, we have mobilized long distance forces and we are in the process of expanding beyond 60,000. and police and others and, of course, the u.s. government has generously offered their intention of making use of u.s. forces in japan. so there are ongoing foreign assistance being extended from different countries. >> are you asking for extensive support or can your military handle what you need right now? >> well, actually, it is our primary mission to control the situation locally and when there are shortages of assistance, you know, we may ask foreign governments or in some cases ngos, but the current situation is that we are -- government is conducting major operations in terms of rescue
>>> good morning. disaster in japan. another explosion overnight rocks the crippled nuclear power plant, as concerns grow over a possible meltdown. along the shattered coastline, 1,000 bodies are found, as the death toll soars. the prime minister calling this japan's worst crisis since world war ii. millions today face another day with no power, no water, and no food. we have the very latest for you on the explosion, the survivors, and the worldwide humanitarian effort. "early" this monday morning, march 14th, 2011. captioning funded by cbs >>> and thanks for joining us on this monday morning. you can see, these are just some of the images which have been coming in, and frankly, they speak for themselves. they're just unimaginable. >> the devastation that we first saw here friday morning, and now, in the days after this disaster in japan, we continue to get more images, more video of exactly the impact that this is having on this nation and the people there. damage estimates in the tens of billions of dollars. but, of course you can't put a dollar figure on the
. in this hour, more images coming out of japan. we begin right in the middle of tsunami as it swept through the streets of sendai. this video almost defies belief, and we're going to take a moment and just let you hear it and let it play just as it was covered on the news in japan. >> okay. an unbelievable video, much of it new coming in to cnn. this is how it all played out on japanese television. we've been monitoring it, tijs of destruction and imagings of rescue and people who are walking around shellshocked because of what happened. large craters have opened up in the ground in many places in japan. this is a typical scene along where this tsunami and earthquake happened. there have been fires. we have seen fires at plants. and also we knee about what happened at the nuclear facility where there was an explosion and then a field of dae brie and devastation. we're told that many of these fields that you're seeing were neighborhoods at one point, but everything collapsed. impossible, pretty much, to get around parts of japan right now because the streets are covered in muck and in mud. a
and a third meltdown at japan's nuclear facilities. american troops offshore exposed to radiation, as officials struggle to contain the catastrophe. >>> moment of impact. new images of the tsunami, rushing ashore. breaking through seawalls. rushing past airport security. washing away entire villages. >>> and look at what the waves picked up and left behind. a ferry on a house. a bus on a rooftop. a toilet dangling from power lines. and the man who floated away from his house, clinging for life. rescued ten miles from shore. >> this morning we're live in japan, with diane sawyer, christiane amanpour and david muir. and we ask the question, is this only the beginning of the devastation? >>> and good morning, america. joining us is "world news" anchor, diane sawyer, is who is there in sendai, japan, where the scope of the destruction is staggering. aftershocks still rocking the region. >> dealing with two crises. humanitarian. and an urgent disaster, to avoid a nuclear emergency. there was a third partial meltdown overnight. 11 injured in the blast. and after american officials detec
>> chris: i'm chri chris walla. the latest on the battle in libya and the nuclear crisis in japan. right now on "fox news sunday." missile strikes. the u.s. and britain fire more than 100 cruise missiles as coalition forces act to protect the libyan rebels from muammar qaddafi. we'll have an update on talk with the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, admiral mike mullen live on "fox news sunday." then two leading senators weigh in on the mix, lindsey graham and jack reed. japan works t work contain a nr disaster. we will get the latest from japan and talk with the secretary of energy steven chu. plus, we ask our sunday panel if the president is taking the lead on these issues or following. all right now on "fox news sunday." hello again from fox news in washington where we are tracking two major stories. we have a reporter in libya where the u.s. and its allies are using military force to protect the antiqaddafi rebels. and in japan, where officials are making progress toward bringing a nuclear plant under control. we'll have more on that later and talk with the secretary of en
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